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“Hurry up!” This phrase should be acknowledged as the mantra of our age. The pace of living has intensified, and the expectation for answers and results has increased. Fast, faster and fastest are the targets.
While there’s a positive side to speeding things up, there are some negative consequences too. Especially in the spiritual part of life.
Certain spiritual processes take time. You can’t form character overnight. You can’t always break long-standing habits quickly. You don’t renew your mind in one fell swoop! All these things take time. Sometimes a significant amount of it.
The need for speed in the spiritual realm, accompanied by the frustration of waiting isn’t new to our generation. It’s an ancient issue. Look at one of David’s prayers, prayed thousands of years ago, recorded in Psalm 13:1-3 (NIV) “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death …“
While this string of “how long” questions sound a bit like a pity party on David’s part, they also sound quite familiar. I’m fairly sure I have asked similar questions at times, and I bet you have too! When going through hard stuff, answers and breakthroughs never seem to come quickly enough. It helps to remember that the wait is worth it. When David comes to the end of this psalm he concludes with these words in Psalm 13:5, 6 (NIV) “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me.”
Are you in a hurry for something to happen? Tell God but wait well! Trust God’s unfailing love. What He does, He always does on time!